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Alive Again

Alive Again

It is nearly 7 p.m. You are at home minding your own business when there is a knock at the door. You stroll down the hall alongside thoughtfully placed family pictures. The grandparents, school photos etc. You smile slightly as you always do while passing them. Cheerfully you open the door to greet your unexpected […]

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Finding Home

Finding Home

There are over 100 registered non-profits in Laguna Beach. Nearly every one of them supports the needs and interests of locals, and every one of them is constantly on the quest for funding to fulfill their missions. Today, every day, and year after year, non-profit organizations survive on the kindness and generosity of friends and […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Catalyst King Stocks sometimes get a catalytic boost from news of a spin-off or of an activist investor buying shares. Like stock splits, there are no immediate changes in the company’s financial status but the prospect of change encourages investors. General Electric (GE-$25), fifth largest position among my portfolios, recently filed documents with the […]

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The Jewel at Our Feet

The Jewel at Our Feet

By Catherine Cooper Who in Laguna does not love the ocean? Every week thousands of us – residents and tourists alike – stroll the beaches, bathe in the sun, swim or surf, or simply congregate on sea walls and decks to watch an evening’s sunset. The Pacific is like our homing beacon. She rings our city’s western […]

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The Thing About Twitter

The Thing About Twitter

I found a writers’ community at Twitter. Writers of all types. Editors. Publishers. Book reviewers. E-zines. Lit-zines. Indy book promoters. Strangers all, until the first reply, the retweet, the favorite. Suddenly, friendly acquaintances. Bonded by mutual interest. What I like best about a Twitter feed is the focus. We tweet about reading and writing. We […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Three For The Road Aftershocks continue from the Financial Crisis and the worldwide Great Recession, which bottomed out five years ago. Their impact was the most severe since the Great Depression. Scars to the global economy were deep and widespread with a lasting impact on investors that is doubtlessly stretching out the global recovery. The […]

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Chardonnay Wives: Hungry Husbands

Chardonnay Wives: Hungry Husbands

By Michele McCormick  A Laguna Beach husband comes into my therapy office and says, “She’s drunk. I just texted from my car. She said dinner was ready. She’s in the kitchen working on her second bottle of wine. The first one is trashed. So is she. Right, Doc? Look, I know she’s just come from […]

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View Ordinance Proves a Big Disappointment

View Ordinance Proves a Big Disappointment

By Steve Caporaso and Marianne Blume Over a year ago, then Mayor Kelly Boyd “raised a passionate plea to improve the city’s current view preservation ordinance, which he said, now has no teeth in it whatsoever and often pits neighbor against neighbor”. (See Jan. 12, 2013 edition). After one year of view equity committee meetings […]

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After the Storm

After the Storm

A wave of disappointment enveloped our city due to the necessary cancellation of our 48th Patriot’s Day Parade, scheduled for March 1. Meticulous planning and countless hours of volunteer efforts plus money spent without the satisfaction of successful completion brings a flurry of unintended outcomes of the mostly negative kind. I say mostly for a […]

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A Car’s Life

A Car’s Life

Being a car is a tough existence. Laguna Beach makes me an exile. Special meetings take place about us. Proposals have been made to build a faraway structure where cars like me can be far from view. It makes no difference what color you are. Even if you are pretty, fast or come from a […]

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Sea Star Struck

Sea Star Struck

Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.  In the sea you cling to rock so hard like the lobster pot pie tossed in my brother’s eye. Ah, I can’t help but remember some memorable food fights around the dining room table when we were kids. Much to mother’s chagrin, we showed our […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Happy Birthday, Bull Market! The bull market in stocks is five years old this week. That certainly does not signal running to the hills, panicked selling never being a successful investment strategy, particularly since stocks have averaged a 26% gain over the year following a five-year anniversary. Averages are of limited use in planning and […]

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Protecting Nature’s Fragile Wonder

Protecting Nature’s Fragile Wonder

On a farm the kitchen is a combination office, staging area and coffee shop and I was enjoying being at this hub of my brother’s Nevada dairy. In came Alex, his partner, straight from spraying the cornfield.  “What did you spray it with?” the gardener in me wondered.  “Roundup,” he replied matter-of-factly. “But won’t that […]

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Join the Flag Waving

Join the Flag Waving

With Patriots Day and the parade almost upon us, I have some thoughts I have been considering for quite a while that I would like to share with you. Now, I am not a flag-waving, America-can-do-no-wrong “perpetual patriot”.  However, I have been thinking about this for quite some time and the more I do the […]

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California Gold

California Gold

The brightest colored fish in our local waters is the garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus).  It was named after Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807 – 1882), an Italian revolutionary hero because of the red shirts that he and his followers wore. The Garibaldi is uniformly brilliant orange in color with green eyes. Males and females are similar in appearance […]